American College of Physicians: Internal Medicine — Doctors for Adults ®


May 2001 Observer Contents


Despite their booming numbers, hospitalists face growing pains
While the emerging specialty is growing and gaining acceptance, it faces some challenges in the coming years.

Ethical issues in CME, clinical research
How pharmaceutical funding can affect education and for-profit clinical research.


Match shows continuing decline in primary care
While internal medicine programs saw a 1.5% decrease, family medicine residencies took a 17% hit.

For Residents

Getting ready to sign a contract? Read these tips
To protect yourself in employment negotiations, get everything in writing, and retain a lawyer to help

Annual Session

Scenes from Annual Session
See what happened at this year's event in Atlanta.

Regents explore recertification concerns, solutions
After hearing the objections of Governors and members, College officials adopted five resolutions regarding recertification.



Tips to successfully navigate a 'practice unwind'
Physicians who sold can take back their practices with careful negotiation.


Do 'natural' treatments put your patients at risk?
Unlike complementary therapies, alternative medicine offers products and techniques that may be hazardous.

Examining the quality 'chasm' in health care
The health care system needs fundamental change if quality measurement and improvement are going to take place.
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Board of Governors discusses issues including recertification, chiropractors
At a meeting before Annual Session, the Board of Governors reviewed issues from the College's relationship with the ABIM to chiropractors' scope of practice.

Dr. Fryhofer highlights College's advocacy efforts
Convocation speech focused on access, immunizations and antibiotic use.
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How teams can help during end-of-life care
A team-oriented approach helps patients and physicians better deal with the
dying process.

Issues to consider when ending life support
Hospital—or hospice—based caregivers must make tough decisions in order to ease the dying process for terminally ill patients.
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Struggling to treat teens? Try talking to them
How physicians can help adolescent patients dealing with risky behaviors and psychosocial stress.

College Watch

President's Column
Fewer hassles, better quality: four promises from the College
The College will help members with skill-building, the practice environment and improving care quality.

College gives update on immunization initiative
The College continues its research, education and advocacy efforts to increase the rates of adult immunzations.

Professional identity, safety top new leaders' agenda this year
New College leaders share their vision for ACP-ASIM in 2001-02.


ACP-ASIM Foundation unveils initiative to improve health care communication
The 10-year project will try to eliminate communication glitches that compromise patient care and overall health.

College's Evergreen Awards recognize chapter efforts
Nine chapters were recognized for their efforts to increase member communication and participation in internal medicine.

College Briefs

Regents debate gifts to physicians, migraines.

Regents nominations due Aug. 1.

Board of Governors resolutions for fall meeting due June 8.

College members can buy books online at a discount.

Washington Perspective

Reading the budget tea leaves
The president's budget proposal reveals the administration's priorities.

Policy Briefs

College comments on final privacy rule.

ACP-ASIM releases third paper on lack of health coverage.

College supports Senate bill giving tax credits to the uninsured.

Medicare's complaint process for beneficiaries: rusty valve?

ACP-ASIM joins statement on latest IOM report.

College supports patients' rights bill.

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